Portrait practice... opinions please!! xx

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  1. jemmy

    jemmy TPF Noob!

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    :heart: Hi all, have been busy trying to learn the tricks of PS all day, and mucked around on this pic... It was originally colour, converted to b& w in channel mixer, adjusted levels & contrast, unsharpen mask then tried to 'vignette' using the burn tool!??!!!:blushing: I was rather happy with the results but needed to know what the pros thought xxx LOL PS..how do you know when you have achieved the 'perfect' look?... does a certain histogram mean 'great' or is it all to do with the eye?! xx

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    YOu did a great job! FOR Me its a little blurred.. I personally like my pics to be a bit more crisp...
     
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    Yeah.... maybe that was the unsharpen mask??!! the original seemed crisper xx

     
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    Can you post teh original?
     
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    i think you've done great job too. This looks like a vast improvement to me.

    Generally speaking on the histogram should have data at both sides (the shadow and highlights) and flow in a peak towards the centre (midtones), without any gaps at either end. Looking at the histogram for your pic it could possibly need the highlight bringing out more, do this in levels (it's the top triangle silder on the right)

    great pose too BTW
     
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    Here is the original holly... OTE! xx and actually now that i look at it, this one is a bit blurred too! What a shocker.... oh well, i'm having a ball learning xx LOL
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    The eyes certainly do pop here!! : )
     
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    Looks nice, but I also wish it was sharper. FYI, unsharp mask does not make it less sharp. It sharpens it.
     
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    Hey!

    Ok.. Going to tell you what I did... BUT note I used Paint Shop Pro.. You can do these in PS too..

    FIrst I add the curves technique.. JUST slightly NOT a lot at all..

    Second - I tried some contrast. Just to help him pop away from the wall slightly... Then used the Unsharp mask tool to sharpen up the picture some..

    Third I used clone brush to remove the sun light glare from his lip

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    My Suggestion for you.. PLAY a while with it.. The only way you are going to learn the PS is to continue to fool around with it and get into it deep.. THere are a lot of great things you can do with it... When you can show us what you come up with! Love seeing your Photography!
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is your best post so far. I really like the B&W!

    Very nice.

    Pete
     
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    Ditto! :thumbup:
     
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    yea the black and white is the best of these edits :thumbup:
     

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